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HEADQUARTERS,

October 7, 1864 - 12 m. (Received 12.20 p. m.)

Major-General WEITZEL:

Birney reports that he easily repulsed the enemy on his right, but that Pickett's and Field's divisions are going still farther to his right. If I take the offensive, what force can you spare to hold Birney's left?

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 7, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER:

I can spare six small regiments, about 1,000 men.

G. WEITZEL,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

October 7, 1864 - 1 p. m.

General WEITZEL:

Relieve as much of William Birney's [line] as you can. He is on your left. I believe that most of the force has been withdrawn from your front. I do not know any new troops that have come over.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 7, 1864. (Received 1.15 p. m.)

Major-General BUTLER:

Your dispatch received. It will be attended to at once.

G. WEITZEL,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE JAMES,

October 7, 1864 - 1.30 p. m.

Major-General WEITZEL,

Commanding Eighteenth Army Corps:

From the best information I can get you have before you only a part of Pickett's division (four regiments) and the Virginia local defense troops. Birney is about to make an attack. Aid him all you can.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

October 7, 1864. (Received 2 p. m.)

Lieutenant-Colonel SMITH:

I believe there is but a small force in my front. I have ordered still another regiment, a large one, to relieve a portion of General Birney's line. This is seven regiment I have sent.

G. WEITZEL,

Brevet Major-General.